Information is the fundamental basis of a functioning society with billions of people taking in, creating and distributing information both online and offline every day. 

On average, over 25,000 web sites are created every day across multiple platforms, technology streams by both the private and public sectors. This makes the need for expertise in information capability and management one of the most important faucets for expertise and strategy moving into a more digital future.

We aim to create skilled professionals who can source, analyse and strategise improvements, assess digital infrastructure and keep up with an ever-increasing and developing world of information and technology.   



  • Start dateSeptember/January* - January intake only available for part-time study
  • DurationMSc: 11 months full-time, up to five years part-time; PgDip: up to 11 months full-time, up to four years part-time; PgCert: up to 11 months full-time, up to three years part-time
  • DeliverySpread throughout the programme and includes coursework and group presentations during the taught phase and for the MSc a research-based dissertation
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time
  • CampusCranfield University at Shrivenham

Who is it for?

Students from government departments, industry and other organisations within the UK and internationally come together to study and discuss issues and develop skills that will enable solutions now and in the future.

The key goals of the course are to provide students with the knowledge to:

  • Develop in individuals an awareness of the management, user and supplier communities;
  • Recognise the stakeholder roles, needs and expectations within these communities;
  • Enable effective communication and a shared understanding between these stakeholders in order to meet capability objectives;
  • Master the principles and practice that underlie the delivery of effective, efficient and secure systems in various business spaces that exploit information in order to provide strategic benefit.

Why this course?

There is a need to understand the strategic importance of information and develop agile, effective and secure ways to exploit it to its full potential. To do this, effective information capability management must be developed throughout the organisation so that the right information is available to the right people at the right time in an effective, efficient and secure manner.

The internationally-recognised Information Capability Management (ICM) MSc has been developed to address these important issues. Skilled professionals are needed to enable organisations to realise the strategic benefits that successfully exploiting information can provide. Success in business of all types and in all sectors, both public and private, is dependent on:

  • Understanding the value of information as a strategic asset;
  • Developing agile, effective and efficient systems that make this information available;
  • Countering cyber threats with appropriate cyber security. 

Course details

MSc students must complete a taught phase consisting of 12 modules followed by an individual dissertation in a relevant topic.

PgDip students are required to undertake the same taught phase as the MSc, without the individual dissertation.

PgCert students must complete the core module (Foundations of Information Systems) together with five other modules.

Course delivery

Spread throughout the programme and includes coursework and group presentations during the taught phase and for the MSc a research-based dissertation

Individual project

The individual project is the opportunity for a student to utilise and demonstrate their understanding of the taught phase of the course by applying their learning to a real world problem. It is also an opportunity to develop skills and achieve a greater level of understanding in a specific area or areas of relevance to the course. Students are allocated a supervisor and have access to subject matter experts to support them in the project phase.


Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory and elective (where applicable) modules which are currently affiliated with this course. All modules are indicative only, and may be subject to change for your year of entry.


The MSc of this course is accredited by two professional bodies, the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Completion of the course can lead to chartered professional status.

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Your career

The course takes you on to further senior career opportunities and to become one of the next generation of senior professionals delivering business benefit through exploitation of information with skills in appropriate areas including business analysis, strategy development and implementation, information assurance, cyber security, organisational development and strategic application of information systems.

How to apply

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